Passport to lose exclusive Medicaid contract

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Passport Health Plan won't have exclusive
rights to provide Medicaid coverage in the Louisville region after
the end of next year.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent a
letter to Kentucky officials informing them that the state's
contract with Passport will be extended only until Dec. 31, 2012.
The letter says the state must adopt a new "delivery model that
ensures adequate choice for Medicaid beneficiaries" in the
16-county region.

Gov. Steve Beshear said in a statement Tuesday that the state
will begin reviewing its options.

Passport chief Mark Carter said the organization is "working
with the cabinet to explore alternatives on what Passport's future
looks like beyond 2012."

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